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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:6, June, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(6): 1774-1784

Development and Evaluation of a Power Tiller Operated Plastic Mulch Laying Machine
A. Tripathy, P. L. Pradhan*, D. Behera and P. K. Sahoo
College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, OUAT, Bhubaneswar-751003, Odisha, India
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A power tiller operated plastic mulch laying machine was developed for laying of plastic mulch for different vegetable crops. The machine components are plastic roll carrier unit, press wheel, soil covering unit, bed former and hitching unit which are attached to the main frame of the machine. The developed machine was evaluated at three different speeds of operation and at three different depths of operation of soil covering device. From the field evaluation, it was concluded that 1.5 km/h speed of operation at 12 cm depth of operation was optimum for the machine performance. The optimum values of width of soil cover, thickness of soil cover, bed width and bed height were found to be 18.80 cm, 3.10 cm, 50.16 cm and 10.44 cm, respectively. Draft and power requirement of the machine were found to be 0.7284 kN and 0.3035 kW, respectively. The field capacity and field efficiency were found to be 0.1058 ha/h and 70.53 %. Cost of operation of the power tiller operated plastic mulch laying machine was calculated to be Rs 3781/ha, as compared to Rs 12600/ha in case of manual mulch laying. The payback period of the power tiller along with the plastic mulch laying machine was found to be 1.127 year.The power tiller operated plastic mulch laying machine can be effectively used by the farmers for vegetable cultivation.

Keywords: Power tiller, mulch laying machine, plastic mulch

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Tripathy, A., P. L. Pradhan, D. Behera and Sahoo. P. K. 2020. Development and Evaluation of a Power Tiller Operated Plastic Mulch Laying Machine.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(6): 1774-1784. doi:
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